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 The Micro-Processes of Social Responsibility in Organizations: A Bottom-Up Perspective 

 April 12, 2016: 1:00pm to 6:00pm  |  April 13, 2016: 8:00am to 6:00pm

Hilton Anaheim, Anaheim, CA

SIOP Receives Federal Funding for Promoting Corporate Social Responsibility Research – Summit Scheduled for April 12 and 13 at the Hilton Anaheim. 

There is more pressure than ever before for organizations to actively evidence their social responsibility. This pressure comes from a variety of stakeholders, including employees, consumers, interest groups, and various (trans)national industry and regulatory bodies. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) comes in many forms, including corporate philanthropy, volunteerism programs, compliance to voluntary codes of conduct, environmental sustainability initiatives, and personnel practices focused on diversity, fairness, and well-being. CSR has become both ubiquitous and entrenched within firm practices, and therefore represents a major operational consideration for organizations. Despite the omnipresence of CSR within organizations, as well as the increasing demand for CSR among stakeholders, there lacks a robust scientific literature focused particularly on the various multilevel influences involved in CSR decision making, implementation, participation, and evaluation. 

That is, whereas CSR research has largely focused on the relationship between firm social performance and economic performance, as well as the sociological predictors and outcomes of CSR, far less attention has been placed on the structural characteristics of CSR initiatives, as well as psychological phenomena influencing socially responsible and irresponsible behaviors within organizations. This includes (a) the motives of leaders and top management teams in building CSR portfolios; (b) the drivers of employee compliance with, advocacy for, and/or participation in CSR initiatives; (c) the mechanisms by which firm-level CSR actions influence the attitudes and behaviors of organizational members; and (d) the impact of CSR initiatives on intended beneficiaries (i.e., society). 

Many topic areas within industrial-organizational psychology can be fruitfully applied to more fully understand CSR phenomena. These include areas such as:

  • Motivation
  • Workforce diversity
  • Decision making
  • Prosocial behavior
  • Ethics and justice
  • Program evaluation
  • LeadershipIndividual differences
  • Cross-cultural psychology
  • Human resource management
  • Humanitarian work psychology
  • Occupational health psychology

As CSR activities connect organizations to government agencies and other regulatory bodies, a more integrated and multilevel understanding of CSR can aid understanding and facilitation of relations between the public and private sectors. Discoveries in this area can also help to facilitate diversity, fairness, and health within organizations and society at large.

The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, in its role as a subawardee on a National Science Foundation grant led by Purdue University, will be administering a 1.5 day summit entitled The Micro-Processes of Social Responsibility in Organizations: A Bottom-Up Perspective, April 12 and 13, 2016, at the Hilton Anaheim.  It will seek to uncover new directions for research in this area and catalyze new collaborative multidisciplinary projects among scholars who might otherwise remain isolated from one another. The summit will consist of networking opportunities, keynotes from top scholars, research updates and summaries, practice highlights, multidisciplinary commentary, group discussion, and time for break-out work focused on identifying gaps and planning for new collaborative research.

Registration is currently closed. As the response to the summit has been so positive, we are working on ways in which all interested parties can be involved prior to and following the summit. We hope to form both a listserv and an external registry so that CSR researchers and practitioners can find each other, and such that organizations, agencies, and other external parties can locate those with needed expertise. If you are interested in being a part of these post-summit activities, please contact CSR@SIOP.org with your name, affiliation, email address, and a very brief description of your CSR interests and experiences. 

Please see the links to the right for information on speakers and other conference materials


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Summit Announcement


Organizing Committee 

Deborah Rupp
Purdue University 

Ron Landis
Illinois Institute of Technology 

Milt Hakel
Bowling Green State University 

Drew Mallory
Purdue University 


Dave Nershi
SIOP Executive Director